Flashback Teacher Resources

How did we get here? How did this happen? Flashbacks interrupt the current action in a story to portray events that happened prior to the events currently unfolding in a story.

Flashbacks are an effective literary device for engaging readers and foreshadowing the storyline/plot. When teaching literary analysis, guide learners to identify flashbacks, revealing the past to help explain the present. Find ideas for collaborating as a class or in small groups to establish chronology in a story. Hone students’ critical thinking skills by identifying flashbacks and their relation to the present action in the narrative. Determining how earlier events influenced current events in the story will also foster critical thinking and interpretation. A Lesson Before Dying, The Joy Luck Club, and A Bridge to Terabithia are great texts for investigating authors' use of flashbacks.  

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Recognizing Flashback and Foreshadowing

For Students 5th - 8th
Are your pupils courageous enough to brave foreshadowing and flashback? They might be after this resource! They read information about these terms and then read an excerpt about a man who daringly crosses the Niagara Falls on a...
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Collaborating on Flashback

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Explore a flashback in a story with readers. They will read a story, identify the flashback in the story, then evaluate how the flashback is used. Using the NoteFolio, students analyze the meaning and merit of a flashback in a story....
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Interpreting The Story: Flashback Technique

For Teachers 10th
Who is Drake and why is he hiding under a car? The flashback technique used to open Drake Bennett’s short story, “Coward,” is sure to hook readers into a tale about a four year old who fears getting a shot at the doctor’s office. Class...
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The Importance of Flashbacks

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides is a powerful and disturbing novel, due in large part to how the author chooses to structure his text and how he uses flashbacks to reveal more about the Lisbon sisters. As part of their study of...
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Incorporating Flashbacks in Narrative Text - The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

For Teachers 9th - 11th
After watching a video segment of an interview with one of the survivors of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, young writers create an original narrative that utilizes flashback to tell the L.D. Cox's story. Writers determine who or...
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Preparing to Read the Anchor Text

For Teachers 7th Standards
A journal reflection on the Japanese epigraph, "Fall seven times, stand up eight" from Ben Mikaelson's Touching Spirit Bear launches a study of how authors use literary devices like the epigraph and flashbacks develop their themes and to...
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Flashbacks

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students create a piece of original fiction utilizing flashbacks. Students define and identify the use of flashbacks in the novel Holes. Definitions and examples are recorded in student journals. They use their examples as springboard...
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Assessing Flashback

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students develop examples of flashback in their own individual writing. In this language arts lesson, students write an original story that incorporates the literary device flashback. Students also assess each other's work by exchanging...
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Understanding Flashback

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Student practice using the element of flashback. In this flashback lesson plan, students first discuss how this element is used and how it adds to a story. They complete their own creative writing piece and include a flashback scene. 
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Flashbacks: Illuminating the Past to Brighten the Present

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students read Holes by Louis Sachar. For this word definition lesson, students discover what the word flashback means and how they are used in a story (specifically Holes). They discuss as a class and then they independently respond to a...
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The Tell Tale Heart: Foreshadowing and Flashbacks

For Students 6th - 12th
In this foreshadowing and flashbacks worksheet, students are given a short re-telling of The Tell Tale Heart to read. Student then complete several exercises to determine when and how foreshadowing and flashbacks are used in the story.
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Narrative Writing

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study narrative writing. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders review how an author uses vivid verbs, imagery, and adjectives to capture reader's attention. Students explore literary devices of foreshadowing, flashback...
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Flashback Sequence

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Second graders practice recalling the sequence of events in a story. In this sequencing lesson, 2nd graders listen to the story, A Chair for My Mother and identify each flashback that occurs in the text. Students chart the sequence of...
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Chronological Order of Events in a Story with a Flashback

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read the story Leaving Home and put the story events in chronological order. In this chronological order lesson plan, 4th graders use index cards and refer to the flashbacks in the story.
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Understanding Flashback

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers are introduced to the definition of "flashback" in that writers use it when they want to reveal to readers something that happened in the past. Then Students write a short story using a flashback scene and then move...
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One Hundred Years of Solitude | The Great American Read

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
One Hundred Years of Solitude introduces readers to magic realism. Told in a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Nobel Prize-winning novel is a candidate for The Great American Read program and aficionados...
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Reading Comprehension 4: Level 8

For Students 8th - 10th
Need a quick but comprehensive reading strategies exercise? Even your most reluctant readers will be engaged by the story of a nuclear reactor explosion at a top-secret Idaho base. After reading the short passage, learners answer nine...
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Literary Techniques

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Need to review literary terms/techniques with your class? The slides in this presentation define and give examples of 22 common literary terms. The PowerPoint could be used for AP test prep.
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Plot

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Using examples from Holt, Rindehart, and Winston, this presentation introduces plot structure and types of conflict to middle school readers. Terms are defined, and then the audience is given a quick check to assess their understanding. 
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Flashback

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars explore flashback and chronological order. In this literature lesson, students analyze a piece of work using a set of criteria. They log their data using a TI.
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Sequence of a Story within a Story

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read a story.  In this story sequencing instructional activity, 4th graders learn about the use of flashbacks in a story.  Students read Tell Me a Story, Mama and identify flashbacks in the story.
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A Christmas Carol Chronology

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Which comes first? The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, or Future? What clues can readers use to establish the chronology of A Christmas Carol? The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley, and Tiny Tim provides the text for an activity that...
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Narrative Writing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Invoke the muse for fiction creation with a presentation on narrative writing. The PowerPoint explores types of narrative writing, as well as devices such as voice, flashback, character, setting, and plot. It provides clear and...
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Bridge to Terabithia: Library Lessons

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Foreshadowing, flashbacks, and imaginary places are the three topics of focus in this two-instructional activity packet written especially for the book, Bridge to Terabithia. Each instructional activity also comes with worksheets and...

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